SmartBoot System to Keep Schools Safe Created Right Here in Michigan [VIDEO]
It's been nearly two months since four students were killed and several others injured at Oxford High School. And another Michigan company has created a device designed to keep students and staff safe in the event of an active shooter incident.
We first told you about Nightlock back in December. It's a system designed by a Mt. Morris company that attaches to doors and floors inside classrooms in order to keep those inside safe from intruders.
Enter Another Michigan Company
Now another Michigan company is competing in the same space, creating a system called 'SmartBoot' which uses a different design to accomplish the same task: keep students and staff in the event of the unthinkable.
This Michigan-made system uses a plate that slides into place in a door bracket, intersecting with pre-drilled holes in the classroom floor in order to make the door virtually impossible to open.
Robert Couturier, the company's owner, consulted with law enforcement to design a product that would be highly effective.
Inspriation for the SmartBoot
Couturier's daughter Brennan tells WXYZ that her father was inspired to build the product after she was attacked as a teenager.
"My dad was actually there when they were apprehending the man, that’s where he got the idea for The Boot, because when he was trying to get away from my dad and from the law enforcement, he barricaded himself in his apartment building and positioned himself on the floor with his boot up against the bottom of the door," said Brenann Couturier-Woodruff.
Brenann goes on to say that 41 school districts in Michigan have the entire SmartBoot system, which also includes a tablet based system so school staff can communicate easily in the time of an emergency.